~ Think Globally, Act Locally
The push for more awareness around sustainability and better practices to curb pollution is a global movement that requires real action at home.
The Greater Wilmington Business Journal recently profiled local businesses that are making sustainability a priority. They interviewed Wes Carter, President of Atlantic Packaging, and discussed all the ways our company is working to improve sustainability and to make a difference both locally and, ultimately, on a global level.
Atlantic started reporting carbon emissions through CDP, a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. Over the past three years we’ve made progress on our journey, and in 2020, we were awarded a B- score. This represents a significant improvement over previous years and is much higher than our peer group. Our goal is to become an A-Rated Company.
On Earth Day 2021, Atlantic launched our Zero Waste Program which addresses our efforts to improve operational sustainability. We’re installing solar panels at our facilities with the goal of using 50% renewable energy by 2023; we’re moving to electric vehicles with company cars, forklifts, and our trucking fleet; we’re installing energy-efficient lighting; and ultimately, we’re committed to being a zero-waste facility.
As the largest privately owned packaging company in North America, Atlantic is committed to bringing sustainable packaging products to market. We’re sourcing existing sustainable products that our customers can start using today and we’re seeking out innovative products as well as encouraging innovation among our vendor network. In addition, we’re strongly committed to the concept of optimization as a primary rule of sustainability. Through high-performance materials, monitoring technology, and advanced engineering, we’re able to guide our customers in how to use measurably less materials while ensuring their products arrive to their destination without damage.
We’re so appreciative to the Greater Wilmington Business Journal for highlighting the importance of sustainability and for recognizing companies working to improve their impact at the local level. Inevitably, this local work translates to greater awareness among citizens and that awareness leads to more concern, more activism, more pressure on companies and brands to do the right thing, and, ultimately, to the global impact we need to change the way we’re affecting the planet today.
Read the full article here: Businesses Make Sustainability A Priority